My Dogs Hair Won't Grow Back, What Causes That?

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If your dog's hair won't grow back and you are concerned that it indicates a health problem, you're not alone. Many people notice that their canine's coat won't grow out after the pet has been groomed. Sometimes, if you get your dog's hair shaved, you'll have to wait for a long time before you see any significant re-growth - this is likely because dogs go through shedding cycles, and during these natural phases, they lose hair instead of growing it! In most cases, the lack or re-growth is just a typical and normal part of the dog's cycle - some dogs grow hair twice a year, and some take longer to show new hair on their coats. It's important to understand your breed of dog and how it grows hair and sheds; this sort of important information can give you peace of mind as you contemplate your beloved pet's coat.

According to some experienced dog groomers, certain canines simply don't grow back their shiny, full coats very easily after having been shaved; in fact, these groomers often warn owners about the risks before grooming their animals. Sometimes, giving your dog a supplement that contains a safe level of Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins, such as Vitamin C, can help to regrow hair. If you're concerned about your dog's health, it's always best to go and see a veterinarian before choosing supplements or taking any other action - sound medical advice will give ease your mind and help you to take care of your dog's health.

At times, the undercoat of the dog will re-grow, but the more attractive upper layer simply won't reappear. If this is the case, you must be certain your dog will be warm enough in cold weather. Many smaller dogs do wear doggie sweaters and other supplemental garments - this may be an option if your dog can't re-grow its coat in time for winter.
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My black lab is going through this now after being shaved for knee surgery. Vet is going to wait out the 6 month shed/grow cycle then test for thyroid issues.
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You have to wait until the next shedding cycle starts. Various dogs, like poodles, have hair that grows constantly, but few dogs have hair that grows two times a year, and if you shave it, you will have to wait until it grows back again.

I know it looks ugly but you have to wait.
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I shave my dog every year, it grew back in a couple of months,
( she is a Pomeranian), she is now 14& for the first time her hair want grow back.
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My dog had 2 biopsy in his muzzle and it is red a lot because he has discoid lupus and some people call it collie nose. You may want to have your dog tested for ringworm and may discuss with your vet the possibility of discoid lupus.  The first sign I noticed was that his muzzle would get red and some hair loss. Good luck with it. Discoid lupus is treatable and not terminal so do not worry too much if your dog has it.
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My dog has lost her hair. Its been 6months and she grows some back and than loses it again. How can I help her
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This happened to my Yellow Lab after shaving her. Did your dog's hair ever grow back? Should I be worried?
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My palm. Did the same thing. I shaved him, and now it looks as though he has undergone a chemo treatment. He has very patchy hair growth.  In some spots its over an inch but in other parts it is still as though I just had him shaved.

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